American citizen suffering from monkeypox escapes from Mexican hospital

A US citizen with monkeypox escaped from a hospital in a Mexican location and fled the country, local health authorities said Wednesday.

The 48-year-old man, originally from Texas, has escaped from the hospital Port Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast last weekend, despite being told by medical staff that he should be tested for monkeypox and kept in solitary confinement, the state health department said in a statement.

When he arrived at the hospital, the patient had symptoms of “coughing, chills, muscle pain and pustule-like lesions on the face, neck and trunk,” the agency said.

After escaping from the medical facility, the Texan then went to the hotel where he was staying with his partner and took a flight from Puerto Vallarta on June 4, before authorities could locate him.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to Mexican authorities on Monday that the patient had returned to the United States where a test confirmed he had monkeypox.

Prior to arriving in Puerto Vallarta on May 27, the individual was in Berlin, Germany between May 12 and 16, and later in Dallas, Texas.

During his time in Mexico, he attended parties at the Mantamar Beach Club in the resort town of Jalisco.

Health officials urged anyone who attended the club between May 27 and June 4 to monitor their health.

The World Health Organization said Wednesday it was aware of more than 1,000 cases of monkeypox in countries where the disease is not endemic.

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